A garden makes a house feel more like a home. It provides another place of solace for the family members to have some time alone, or for the family to enjoy the outdoors. From outside, the house feels warmer and more inviting if there is a garden, with flowers blossoming, and green grass waiting for someone to sit on it. Footpaths invite people in the garden and explore its hidden beauties. The trickling water from a pond or some small modern fountains can provide a tranquil soundtrack to a quiet afternoon for reading or just resting under the shade.
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When planning a perfect garden, it is important to think of the needs of the family for the garden. From there, determine the kind of features that answers those needs. If some members of the family like cooking, maybe incorporate a plot where edible plants can be placed such as thyme, mint, or other herbs. If someone likes reading under the shade, then incorporate a medium-sized tree with ample shade. If the children like somewhere to play ball, create an area large enough for them to run free. Having a pond or some type of water feature allows the children to keep fish.
Creating The Perfect Garden
If you are planning on adding a water feature, it is best to start from there when deciding on the layout of the garden. There are many types of water features available including ponds, waterfalls, pools, fountains, cascades, and streams. When creating a pond, make sure to install pond pumps to prevent the pond water from being stagnant; stagnant water serves as breeding grounds for insects and parasites. It is likewise important to decide on the right kind of fishes and plants to place on the pond. Some plants can be hard to maintain.
A garden should have areas of sun and shade. Sun spots should be properly planned to allow resting in the garden at various times of the day. Shaded areas can be provided by low-hanging trees or a big umbrella. A coffee table and some lawn chairs can be added to make the garden more inviting. For a bigger garden area, a wooden deck can provide some contrast to the greenery, and provide more relaxation areas to the garden. The deck can be decorated by garden lights, some bean bags or sitting mats, and some potted plants. A walking path invites more people to explore the garden. It can be just a cleared path surrounded by grass, or lined by gravel, or filled in with some broken tiles. Having a path provides a clear direction on how to explore the garden, highlighting the garden-viewing areas, as well as the relaxation areas.
Garden Design Elements
Designing the perfect garden depends on the proper arrangement of its features. The lines created by the features should lead the eyes of the viewer into the garden. Curved lines provide softness to the garden, while straight lines direct the viewer towards something. Garden lighting allows you to highlight certain areas of the garden, or provide a backlight when natural light is inadequate. Texture in a garden is provided by the kinds of plants, as well as the furniture included therein. There should be a fine balance and contrast between coarse textures such as stones, large wooden fixtures, and big plants, while fine textures can be found on ferns, small shrubs, and grass. Scale is important in designing a garden as it determines the breathing space; you don’t want to put a large pond inside a small garden, as there will no longer be any walking or sitting areas. Finally, the features should be united to form a theme, and not clash with each other. These are the fine points to remember when creating your perfect garden.